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Student Services

Resource and Referral Center

“A Place to Connect, a Goal to Empower”

The goal of the MCTC Resource and Referral Center is to connect our currently enrolled students with supportive community networks, resources and opportunities to ease obstacles interfering with their success. The Resource and Referral Center is part of MCTC's Student Support Center, located in T.2300.

Through referrals, direct service and outside agency coordination, our students will gain access, information and support to address specific needs and gain self-sufficiency. We connect students to community and government agencies, healthcare providers and other partner organizations to address their immediate and/or long term needs and goals. Students will gain enhanced knowledge of navigating the systems on and off campus, expanding their network of support.

Community resource fairs and workshops are held throughout the year to explore, expand and strengthen ties to the community and provide important resources for students.

Federal Funding for Program Supporting Student Parents Discontinued

In September, Linda Byrd-Johnson, Ph.D., senior director of the Student Services Division at the U.S. Department of Education, notified MCTC that federal funding for the College’s Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) program is being discontinued. Students who applied for CCAMPIS after September 1 were denied grant eligibility.

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MCTC requested an appeal and contacted federal legislators to advocate for the continued funding of this program. For the past 15 years, the CCAMPIS program has allowed MCTC’s staff to assist low-income student parents locate accredited childcare centers and provided funding for childcare costs on a sliding scale basis.

“The loss of this grant significantly hinders the ability of our student parents to focus on achieving their higher education goals,” said MCTC President Sharon Pierce.

Data from the Economic Policy Institute indicates childcare is one of the highest expenses facing Minnesota families.

Pierce continued, “As a higher education institution committed to serving under-represented students, MCTC will continue to explore resources that provide support for students with children so they can succeed in their academic pursuits.”

For additional information regarding CCAMPIS, please contact Dean of Students & TRIO Director Becky Nordin or visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

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  • Food Pantry/grocery distribution: Wednesdays, 12–2 p.m.
  • Free snack packs (bag lunch): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Walk-in hours (meet with the Resource and Referral staff without an appointment): Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Assistance with affordable housing: 4th Thursday of every month
  • Assistance with SNAP (Food Support), Health Insurance (MnSure) and Energy Assistance: 2nd Thursday of every month
  • Free cell phones for qualified low-income students: Check with the Resource and Referral Center (T.2300)
  • Support group for Ex-Offenders/formerly incarcerated students: See Student Support Center page for details
  • Emergency transportation assistance
  • Large lockers for students who are homeless or highly mobile 
  • Emergency shelter
  • Supportive/transitional housing resources
  • Shelters
  • Child care resources
  • Parenting support
  • Low/reduced or free healthcare
  • Chemical/mental health programs
  • Meals/clothing
  • County/state benefits
  • Homeless or highly mobile
  • Living in transitional housing
  • Lacking financial resources (no or limited income)
  • Facing eviction
  • Fleeing domestic violence
  • Lacking a family support system
  • In need of mental health and/or chemical treatment assessment, programs or support services
  • Needing health insurance, have medical issues or need medical assistance
  • Facing other emergency situations
  • Students in need of other types pf support and advocacy

We are not currently accepting clothing donations.

Other donations can be dropped off at the Resource and Referral Center, which is located in the Student Support Center. Call 612-659-6709 to make drop off arrangements or stop by T.2300.

The following are a few items on our wish list:

  • School Supplies (pens, art supplies, markers, USB drives, notebooks, planners, rulers, calculators)
  • Alarm clocks with batteries
  • Bus card (any amount) or bus tokens
  • Durable back packs
  • Any snack items (crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks, juices)
  • Nut butters, jam or jelly
  • Hearty soups, noodles
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, lotion, soap, conditioner, hand sanitizer)
  • Dish detergent and laundry soap
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Any store gift cards that will allow students to purchase fresh fruits, bread, vegetables and meats

MCTC students and community volunteers are welcome to volunteer in the Resource and Referral Center. Volunteer opportunities include peer-to-peer advocacy, providing resources and referrals and helping with the distribution of food and other items available in the Resource and Referral Center. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Student Support Center in T.2300 by calling 612-659-6709.

Jalex Lor, Resource and Referral Specialist
Khou Vue, Outreach Coordinator

Location: T.2300 (Student Support Center)
Phone: 612-659-6709
Email: resources@minneapolis.edu

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